Gravitarium2 ($1.99) by Robert Neagu is a magical app that blends music, art, and motion into one relaxing game.
Use Gravitarium 2 to unleash your creativity and make unique masterpieces of particles and light, using from one to 10 fingers to guide the star flow on your iPad’s touchscreen. It’s like both Uzu and Tesla Toy, and if you’ve ever played around with those apps, Gravitarium 2 will be very familiar.
Every finger combination produces a different psychedelic effect in a constantly shifting rainbow of colors. The shapes swirl, twist, and move in gorgeous formations with names like rocket, sparkle, energy flow, and lightning.
Tapping in any corner of the app activates a menu bar at the bottom, which has several options that you can play with. There are four presets to choose from, each of which can be accessed from the options menu: default, drawing, tranquility, and user. These presets alter the settings of the app, from particle size, number, and density to color and opacity.
The default setting is fast and small, while the drawing setting has less particles with greater opacity and slow movement for drawing with the stars and creating lasting images. The tranquility setting features stars with a smaller tail size and slower speed, allowing for a slow-moving universe that is fascinating to manipulate. If you get tired of the shifting colors, you can set one color as your default; even white. The user setting allows you to create and save your own preferred settings.
Gravitarium 2 features 10 different music tracks that are all calm, mellow, and relaxing to listen to. The tempo of the music perfectly compliments the movement of the particles. This helps create a completely immersive experience.
There’s a photo button that can be activated with a single tap. This will snag a screenshot of your creation and store it in the iPad’s photo gallery. You can share it, enjoy it, or set it as your iPad’s background picture.
Through Game Center, you can connect with another player to use Gravitarium 2 in a multiplayer setting. The goal in a multiplayer game is to get the other person to “like” what you’re creating, and the number of likes you receive determines your position on the Gravitarium 2 leaderboards.
Gravitarium 2 is fun for a short period of time, but it didn’t have a lot of lasting appeal for me. Once I had seen all the patterns and colors, and tried out the multiplayer function, I wasn’t interested in revisiting the app. However, your mileage may vary if you have more patience than I do, and more of an affinity for this type of app.
The multiplayer experience is really unique, and this app is worth downloading just to check it out. The drawing mode was my favorite though, especially in multicolor. However, I’d prefer to be able to wipe the slate clean on demand to create new drawings, which I was not able to do.
I did manage to crash this app a few times, so it does tend to be a little bit unstable, but that was a minor annoyance compared to all of the neat things this app can do. I’d recommend this app for whenever you want to spend a few minutes relaxing with some soothing music and designs, or whenever you want to show off the multi-touch capabilities of your iPad.